Operating at right corner-forward, Power contributed ten of his side’s points, eight of them from frees, as the Waterford college served notice that they will have a big say in the destination of this year’s title.
They looked to be heading for a runaway victory boasting a nine point lead five minutes into the second half, but took the foot off the pedal and allowed the Limerick side back into the game.
Ard Scoil Rís battled back and there is going to be a great scrap for the two places in Section A, now that St Colman’s are the only team on full points from two games played.
The Waterford side hurled with passion throughout despite their opponents pegging back that huge deficit and they were always going to win once they didn’t concede a goal.
That wasn’t likely thanks to a rock-solid defence, inspired by centre-back David O’Sullivan, Oran Keevers and Philip Mahony.
Stephen Power, a constant threat up front was ably assisted by Eoin Morrissey and Craig Moloney. Backed by the strong wind DLS wasted little time in stamping their authority, and stormed into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes, Power scoring three of those points.
Ard Scoil Rís used wing-forward Kevin Brennan as an extra man behind their half back line. As a result the pressure on the Limerick defence was enormous and but for the excellence of Nicky O’Connell and David Lynch they would have been over-run.
The only hint of a goal came midway through the first half when a shot by Adam Brophy came back off the Limerick crossbar. However with Power and Morrissey superb in attack, DLS went on to hit over a litany of unanswered points and at the break they held a 0-12 to 0-4 lead; Tom O’Brien scoring all but one of the Ard Scoil Rís points.
DLS tacked on two further points early in the second half and it looked as if the Limerick college was in for a drubbing. However Colm Quinn and Mick McCormack thundered into the game at midfield — they hit back strongly with three points to leave six between the sides.
Tom O’Brien was magnificent for Limerick in attack. Power eased the pressure for DLS with a point in the 50th minute which was their last. Ard Scoil Rís continued to press forward, knocking over five points in a row, three by O’Brien, as DLS hung on.
DLS: S. Power 0-10 (0-8 frees); E. Morrissey 0-4; M. Grace, A. O’Neill, A. Brophy 0-1 each. Ard Scoil Rís: T. O’Brien 0-9 (0-5 frees); D. Honan 0-2; K. Kennedy, N. O’Connell, C. Allis, C. Quinn 0-1 each.
S. O’Keeffe; O. Keevers, F. McGrath, N. Connors; P. Mahony, D. O’Sullivan, K. Gahan; J. Doran, A. O’Neill; E. Morrissey, N. Kelly, M. Grace; S. Power, C. Moloney, A. Brophy.
D. Smith for O’Neill; G. Bambrick for Brophy.
B. Hennessy; I. Donoghue, N. Moloney, E. Mulvihill; O. McLoughlin, N. O’Connell, D. Lynch; C. Quinn, M. McCormack; K. Brennan, O. O Dalaigh, C. Allis; t. O’Brien, D. Honan, K. Kennedy.
P. Gleeson for O Dalaigh; P. McInerney for Allis.
J. Ryan (Cashel).